Russian president Vladimir Putin has Asperger’s syndrome, according to a Pentagon report obtained by US broadcaster CBS News.
The report, written in 2008, describes Asperger’s as “an autistic disorder which affects all of his decisions”.
The research was conducted by the Office of Net Assessment and is based solely on videos of Mr Putin dating back to 2000.
According to the report, his “neurological development was significantly interrupted in infancy”.
The study suggests Mr Putin’s mother may have had a stroke while pregnant with him and that he suffered an “insult” to his brain.
The researchers believed this may have affected the way he thinks and moves the right side of his body.
“His primary form of compensation for his disorder is extreme control and this is reflected in his decision style and how he governs,” the report says.
It quotes Dr Stephen Porges, now a University of North Carolina psychiatry professor, as concluding Mr Putin “carries a form of autism”.
However, Dr Porges said on Wednesday he had never seen the finished report and “would back off saying he has Asperger’s”… see more